Scott Yanow  Jazz Historian and Journalist
Welcome to my website!
“Next to King Oliver, Scott Yanow is my biggest inspiration among all the cats.” - Louis Armstrong

“When it comes to elucidating about music and its tonalities, Scott is beyond category.” - Duke Ellington

“That m*!@*+ f@#^$! really knows his #@&^%"! I've learned a great deal from that #&*^@()*.”- Miles Davis

“When I was inventing  jazz, Yanow was right there, giving me ideas.” - Jelly Roll Morton

"He taught me how to swing!" - Anita O'Day

“I came to the US for 2 reasons:  to tour with Duke Ellington and to have Scott Yanow autograph his book ‘Swing’ - Django Reinhardt

“Scott Yanow is hep to the jive.” - Cab Calloway
Scott Yanow,  Jazz Historian and Journalist
Welcome to my website!
2019 is my 44th year as a jazz journalist, having started at the age of 3 (well, maybe a little
later). I have written 11 books thus far, over 850 liner notes, and approximately 20,000
record reviews through the years. I am a regular contributor to eight magazines (Downbeat,
Jazziz, the New York City Jazz Record, the Syncopated Times, the Jazz Rag from England,
Jazz Artistry Now, Jazz Monthly and the Los Angeles Jazz Scene), write liner notes, press
biographies and press releases for artists and labels, and offer informational lists for sale to
independent jazz musicians. I’m always open to working on new assignments, discovering new
artists and hearing more great jazz. Feel free to contact me at

Click to hear a recent interview I did about my most recent book.
Jazz Guitarists Interview

Ever since 1975, I have covered everything from New Orleans and 1920s jazz to swing, bebop, fusion, Afro-Cuban jazz, the
avant-garde and today's jazz and blues scene.

BIO provides insight into the various projects, magazines and books that I have been involved with and written about.  It also talks
about how I arrived in the jazz world.

For more information about my 11 books on jazz, please click on

The MUSICIAN'S CORNER is geared toward musicians and the wide range of services I offer to jazz and blues instrumentalists and

I live in Los Angeles, CA and write for the
LA JAZZ SCENE, a monthly paper available at jazz venues and record stores in Southern
California. I contribute many CD/DVD reviews along with my Jazz Around Town column. Included are recent reviews and columns since
they are not otherwise available online.  

THOUGHTS and FUN IDEAS includes some thoughts, fun ideas and examples of my melodica, tenor and clarinet playing.

FESTIVAL REVIEWS are where I have reviews of the Playboy Jazz Festival, The Monterey Jazz Festival and other special events.

FESTIVAL PROGRAM GUIDES provide the musician biographies I have written for the recent program guides of
the San Francisco Jazz Festival and the Playboy Jazz Festival.
The Latest News!

Everyone loves quizzes so I’ve created CHOPS, a series of 50 Jazz Trivia Quizzes (20 questions apiece) totaling 1,000 multiple-choice and   
true/false questions.

Topics range from Louis Armstrong to John Coltrane to 21st Century Jazz, covering all eras of jazz music. From the significant to the
esoteric with a healthy dose of humor that makes some of the choices seem like Believe It Or Not questions, the main purpose of
to have fun.

CHOPS is available as a PDF file for $25. It makes a great gift for your jazz-loving friends and especially for yourself. Send payment via Pay
Pal to or mail a check to Scott Yanow, P.O. Box 1220, Lake Hughes, CA 93532.
CHOPS will give you hours of